'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 11: Snatch Game at Sea Leads to a Lip Sync That Will Go Down in Herstory
By Meredith B. Kile
Courtesy of VH1
It was sink or swim on Thursday's all-new RuPaul's Drag Race, as the queens took Snatch Game out to sea!
The werk room was a war zone following Ra'Jah O'Hara's elimination, as Yvie Oddly's feud with Silky Nutmeg Ganache continued and her spat with Vanessa Vanjie Mateo reached a fever pitch. “I’m kind of tired of feeling like some villain to them, when really I’m just the one bitch who’s telling it like it is," Yvie explained to camera.
The tensions continued into the mini challenge -- with Silky not-so-silently fuming about Yvie's digs at her "talent" during last week's Untucked -- as the contestants were tasked with getting into "literary quick drag" to pitch their own self-help books, a testament to Mama Ru's new tome, Guru ("available wherever fine books are sold").
Silky won yet again, but the victory was short-lived as it was time to prepare for Snatch Game at Sea! The queens each had to pick a celebrity to impersonate in order to bring the laughs and win the franchise's most famous maxi challenge. "If you don’t do good, b***h, everybody’s gonna remember your Snatch Game," Vanjie warned. "Ain’t no ifs, ands or buts, whatever you do is gonna follow you like the shadow followed Peter Pan, and haunt you 'til death do you part.”
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Some of the season's remaining queens were psyched for the challenge -- Nina West couldn't even pick between her characters and ended up performing as both Harvey Fierstein and Laugh-In star Jo Anne Worley -- but others were "freaking out" about the comedic performance. Most notably, Vanjie and Brooke Lynn Hytes both seemed to be second-guessing themselves after chatting with Mama Ru and surprise guest Jinkx Monsoon.
Snatch Game at Sea -- starring the week's guest judges, Veep stars Tony Hale and Clea DuVall -- was a bit of a bumpy ride, with highs from Nina, Silky and Plastique Tiara, and some titanic lows, courtesy of Brooke Lynn's disastrous Celine Dion impression, Vanjie's "Catch Me Outside" girl Danielle Bregoli and Yvie's head-scratching take on Whoopi Goldberg.
When it came time for the judging (category is: Sequins on the Runway) Silky was the winner yet again, snatching the victory for her Snatch Game impression of transgender activist and adult entertainer Ts Madison and her shimmering runway look inspired by divas Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.
As for the bottom three, Vanjie was dubbed safe (despite a thorough dragging from Michelle Visage and somehow not knowing who Meryl Streep is?!), leaving Yvie and Brooke Lynn -- who failed to save herself with one of Drag Race's most jaw-dropping runway reveals to date -- to lip sync for their lives to Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry." And it was a performance for the ages, with the queens pulling out all the stops and flaunting their physical abilities as they flipped and twirled all over the stage.
And the eighth queen to sashay away from season 11 was...
No one! It was a double "shantay, you stay" this week as both Brooke Lynn and Yvie lived to werk another day. "Sorry, not sorry," Mama Ru quipped. "And ladies in the back, I hope you're taking notes."
The twist was an extra relief for two of the queens on the bottom, Vanjie and Brooke Lynn, who certainly seem to have a little something going on behind the scenes. ET's Brice Sander put Vanjie on the spot about the rumored showmance when she stopped by the studio recently.
"I mean, listen -- first of all, I'm very authentic," Vanjie admitted. "What you see is what you get, it is what it is. And you know, when you trapped up and there's somebody you see, you see a piece of trade coming in and you're not gonna make a move? S**t! Maybe we can get a little bit of d**k and a little bit of crown."
RuPaul's Drag Race airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.